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Leela James

Like almost all other musicians hit with the neo-soul and retro-soul tags, the primary inspirations of singer and songwriter Leela James are classic artists who arrived no later than the early '70s. Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, and Tina Turner were among the vocalists to whom the gritty-voiced Los Angeles, California native was likened. After James was showcased on an uplifting track off Pete Rock's Soul Survivor II, "No Tears," she made her proper debut on Warner Bros. with a throwback-oriented set titled A Change Is Gonna Come (2005). Featuring a cover of Sam Cooke's song of the same title, as well as one of No Doubt's "Don't Speak," the album involved assistance from major figures including Kanye West, Raphael Saadiq, James Poyser, and Chucky Thompson. It entered the Billboard 200 at number 148 and was followed with an appearance on Ray Charles' posthumous Genius & Friends, as well as nominations for Soul Train Music and NAACP Image awards. After splitting from Warner Bros., the singer landed on the roster of Shanachie and recorded one of the label's more inspired all-covers sets, Let's Do It Again (2009). The same year, she contributed to "Walk with Me," a highlight on Moby's Wait for Me album. The singer switched to Stax for My Soul (2010), which featured some of her own songwriting and peaked in Billboard's R&B/hip-hop Top Ten. A return to Shanachie yielded Loving You More...In the Spirit of Etta James (2012), a release more adventurous than the title indicated. She switched to J&T for her fifth album, Fall for You (2014), home to her three highest-charting Hot Adult R&B tracks, such as the Anthony Hamilton duet "Say That." Around the same time, James began a two-season stint on the reality television series R&B Divas: Los Angeles. Did It for Love (2017), James' BMG-supported sixth album, offered her most refined mix of vintage and contemporary sounds to that point. ~ Andy Kellman
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Stations Featuring
Leela James

    R&B Smooth Jams

    R&B Smooth Jams
    1 song

    R&B and Soul Mix

    R&B and Soul Mix
    4 songs


    3 songs

    Smooth Jazz

    Smooth Jazz
    1 song

    New Smooth Jazz

    1 song

Albums by
Leela James

Top Songs by
Leela James

  1.   Song
  2.   Don't Want You Back
  3.   Fall For You
  4.   A Change Is Gonna Come
  5.   Set Me Free
  6.   Tell Me You Love Me
  7.   Say That by Anthony Hamilton
  8.   Soul Food
  9.   My Joy
  10.   Music
  11.   I Want It All
  12.   Take Me
  13.   I Remember
  14.   Save Me
  15.   All Over Again
  16.   Mistreating Me
  17.   Real Talk: Relationships (Interlude)
  18.   I Want To Know What Love Is
  19.   Rain
  20.   Did It for Love
  21.   Sunday Kind of Love
  22.   I'd Rather Go Blind
  23.   I Ain't New to This
  24.   Baby I'm Scared Of You
  25.   Miss You
  26.   Do Me Right
  27.   Mr. Incredible Ms. Unforgettable
  28.   It's Over
  29.   Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
  30.   Give It
  31.   When You Love Somebody
  32.   Don't Mean a Thang
  33.   Stay with Me
  34.   So Good
  35.   Everything
  36.   I Want to Ta-Ta You Baby
  37.   Something's Got a Hold on Me
  38.   The Fact Is
  39.   Long Time Coming
  40.   It's Alright
  41.   Intro
  42.   Our Love
  43.   This Day Is for You
  44.   There 4 U
  45.   Say That
  46.   Who's Gonna Love You More
  47.   Old School Kind of Love
  48.   Nobody Loves You Like Me
  49.   Soul Will Never Die
  50.   Let It Roll
  51.   If It's Wrong
  52.   You Know How To Love Me
  53.   Simply Beautiful
  54.   I'd Rather Be With You
  55.   Prayer
  56.   Didn't I
  57.   Don't Speak
  58.   Good Time
  59.   So Cold
  60.   Ghetto
  61.   Good to Love You
  62.   Hard for Me
  63.   At Last
  64.   Damn Your Eyes
  65.   I'm Loving You More Every Day
  66.   Supa Luva
  67.   Party All Night
  68.   It's A Man's Man's Man's World
  69.   I Try
  70.   Clean Up Woman
  71.   It Hurts Me So Much
  72.   Let's Do It Again

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